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Pensioner placed on Sex Offenders’ Register after sexually assaulting woman in Inverness home


By Ali Morrison


Inverness Sheriff Court is set to move from the castle to the Longman Road college site.Pictures: Andrew Smith.Image No: 026320.
Inverness Sheriff Court is set to move from the castle to the Longman Road college site.Pictures: Andrew Smith.Image No: 026320.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard a man carried out a sexual assault after drinking with a woman.

John Wylie (67) of Lochalsh Road, Inverness, admitted sexually assaulting the woman at another city address on July 3, 2018.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Wylie had returned to the property from work and consumed alcohol with the woman before he made sexual advances towards her.

Depute fiscal Robert Weir told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that these advances were rejected and he was asked to leave the house, but refused.

The woman was intoxicated and on the landing within the house when Wylie then took hold of her shoulders and pinned her to the floor on her back, the fiscal said.

He said Wylie then placed his hand under the woman’s dress and sexually assaulted her.

She tried to scream, he said, but was unable to do so due to the fact that Wylie had placed his arm on her neck.

The woman bit him on the arm and he eventually released his hold on her and went to bed.

Mr Weir said the woman then sent a text message to a friend about the incident.

This friend reported the matter to the police and an investigation followed.

A fingernail scraping from Wylie was found to contain the woman’s DNA and she later provided a full statement to officers about what had happened.

Sheriff Neilson deferred sentence for reports until April 2 and placed Wylie on the Sex Offenders’ Register with immediate effect.

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